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  • Organization
    Carnegie Institution of Washington

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    National Laboratory

  • Biography

    Dominic Papineau has been an assistant professor of Precambrian biogeochemistry and exobiology at Boston College since 2011. He took this position after a four and a half year long postdoc as a Research Associate at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. He remains a visiting investigator at the GL and a co-I in the NAI node there. Dr. Papineau obtained his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences and Astrobiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his B.Sc. in Physics and Biochemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, his home town. He studies the chemical evolution of the atmosphere and oceans and how these relate to the origin and evolution of life on the early Earth and is developing a systematic and rational approach to search for evidence of past life on Mars (in MSR). Dr. Papineau has experience studying Precambrian rocks since 2002 and in using various micro-analytical techniques such as SEM, Raman, FTIR, EPMA, SIMS, IRMS, FIB, TEM, and synchrotron-based STXM since 2001-2006. He has extensive field experience with numerous field trips to Precambrian localities in northern Canada, the United States, Finland, Greenland, India, Antarctica, China, South Africa, and Australia. Papineau has made numerous contributions for the understanding of the co-evolution of Paleoproterozoic biogeochemical cycles. He has also performed several correlated micro-analytical studies of Archean sedimentary rocks, including all the oldest sedimentary rocks on Earth, and a few Martian meteorites. He has also contributed to studies of modern stromatolites and other microbial communities (Shark Bay, Yellowstone, Rio Bacalar, Lake Taupo, Belcher Islands, and Vulcano Island). Finally, he has been the principal investigator on several projects supported by the NASA Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology Program, the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and has recently been named a NASA Early Career Fellow. His experience with astrobiology dates back to 1999 at the Ames Astrobiology Academy.


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